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Interview with Colonel Brian Mylchreest about his Second World War service in the Manx Regiment

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Date(s): 4 March 2009

Creator(s): Peel Heritage Trust

Scope & Content: Bill Quine of Peel Heritage Trust introduces this recording made in Glen Vine.

Colonel Brian Mylchreest describes the formation of the Manx Regiment in 1938 and his role in it throughout the Second World War. He talks about the Territorial Army on the Isle of Man; 15th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment; schooldays and training; trainees; mobilisation; morning boat to Liverpool and deployment at the docks; friendly fire incident; made Captain; Dunkirk; training in Glasgow; voyage on 'Viceroy of India' in large convoy; local hospitality; battalions sent to Crete; Manxmen as German POWs; Allies in Eritrea; defending the Suez canal; Crete battalion; joining 7th Armoured Division at El Alamein (Desert Rats); promotion to Major; his injury; Ponder and Harding from Castletown, killed; wounds treated in field hospitals; posted to London and joining Regiment in Norfolk; given command of a battery; landing craft, Normandy; tanks; fighting through Normandy, France, Belgium and Holland to Germany; Hamburg; Denmark in friendly convoy; end of war; Hamburg; homecoming; Isle of Man Steam Packet boat the 'Victoria' in Calais; Wesley Kissack and Captain Ginger Bridson.

Language: eng

Extent: 57 min. 6 sec.

Item name: compact disc

Collection: Sound Archive

Level: ITEM

ID number: SA 2014-0026

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